BUCKLEYS CREEK – The Prestonsburg Blackcats’ win streak was halted at nine games over the weekend as host Pike County Central pulled away to win 7-3 in a non-district high school baseball game on Saturday.
With the loss, Prestonsburg dropped to 12-2.
Pike County Central evened its record to 8-8 with the win.
Prestonsburg pitcher Reece Ison suffered the loss. Ison and Scott Stapleton split time on the mound for the Blackcats in the non-district affair.
Stapleton, who was a starter for the Blackcat boys’ basketball team earlier in the schoolyear, paced Prestonsburg at the plate, providing three hits and one RBI.
Another Prestonsburg batter, Bailey Slone, added one hit and one RBI for the Blackcats, who weren’t nearly as productive as they have been over the first month of the season.
Prior to slipping back into the loss column, Prestonsburg had defeated Pike County Central 11-1 at StoneCrest on March 28.
The Blackcats’ latest win streak included additional victories over Magoffin County, Paintsville, Betsy Layne, Paintsville, Pikeville, Betsy Layne and Sheldon Clark. The Blackcats, under the guidance of head coach Shawn Hager, defeated Pikeville 12-2 in five innings in the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship game April 8.
Prestonsburg and Pike County Central aren’t scheduled to meet again in the 2016 season.
The Blackcats entered the week with regular-season games remaining versus Knott County Central, Belfry, Phelps, Johnson Central, Allen Central, Leslie County, South Floyd, Sheldon Clark, Knott County Central, East Ridge, Perry County Central, Powell County, East Carter, Paintsville and Lawrence County.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.